Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Sorry this is late.  We had a Troufest emergency this morning.  It is hot and sunny in Townsend this morning.  I started working on this report at 8:30 this morning.  Then I got a call from Herb Handly from the Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The Troutfest grounds were mowed this morning.  Last night Jack and Anthony laid out the tent locations using flags.  The points were carefully measured.  On my way home I stopped by at 7:00.  They were still working.  Jack said they used his truck’s headlights near the end to finish the job.  So, I’ve been up there helping Jack.  Stan and Dan came by to help so I’m back at the shop.  Everything is working out fine but it is putting Jack behind on his real job.

Little River is getting lower each day.  It is not extremely low, just low for this time of year.  Rain is in the forecast for the next few days.  Flow is currently 151 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 238 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:15 was 64 degrees.

Fishing has been very good and excellent in the higher elevation brook trout streams.  It is early Spring up there. The air is cooler and the forest, steams and wildlife think it is late April.  Alex, who runs the fly fishing program told me yesterday he had some unbelievable fishing up high.  I’m not sure where he was fishing.  It’s all the same.  Those high elevation brook trout streams are producing well.  Fishing is good in the lower elevations too.

Dry flies are what I would use.  I like fishing lower water with dries.  The trout will be hiding in the faster water.  It is a challenge to get a good drift in riffles and pockets and that makes fishing more fun.  You will need to stay hidden and get a good drift.  Evenings, after the sun has fallen behind the hills makes for excellent fishing with dry flies.  But, nymphs will work too.

I would still use a Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Neversink Caddis or a small Yellow Stimulator.  The darker flies will work too.  Try a Parachute Adams.  Use lighter tippet than you would in higher water.  I would choose 5X.

The Troutfest Banquet and Exposition is almost here.  I saw some friends from Kentucky downstairs a few minutes ago.  They are here for the event.  I could use some help.  The Troutfest website has been going down at times during the day.  Our TU Chapter switched to a new web host.  I noticed the page loading time was extremely slow day before yesterday.  Sometimes it timed out.  Then, a little while later it was working again.  Yesterday it happened again.

Please help.  You can click on the website HERE.  Try it often through the day if you don’t mind.  If you notice a slowdown, pictures not loading, slide shows not working, please contact me by CLICKING HERE.  Let me know what time of day you encountered a slowdown if in fact you do. 

You may also want to look at the Schedule of Events on the Troutfest site.  CLICK HERE to see that.  We have a full two days lined up for you.  This is going to be quite a show. 

Thanks for your help, have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
May 11, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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